Scoggins: Gophers show resolve, fail to panic under stress

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 12:28 AM
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dr4golfDec. 31, 1210:15 PM

I was there. Definitely had that habitual Minnesota doubt kick in during the second half when Michigan State took a 5 point lead. I turned to my daughter and said 'this isn't good, here we go again'. This time, different result due to the drive and passion of the players knowing they were better than Michigan State. Still, don't understand the ineptitude on inbound passes. It isn't that hard. Looked high schoolish. Loved the win though, and the barn was rockin'!

iceman3Dec. 31, 1210:25 PM

I'm thinkin' the gophs are for real. Let's see how far we can go.

goldengoph3rJan. 1, 13 1:01 AM

Winning after trailing in the 2nd half to a team that beat us in MN the last four years is a huge hurdle overcome. On to the next one.

wisstinks4Jan. 1, 13 1:58 AM

ChipScog- I agree on the main message, we didn't wilt and won. My takeaway from your sermon was two fold, first, the team is still jelling to build awareness of each other. Second, they will keep improving and can get better in key areas of the game: turnovers, free throws, 3pt shooting, assists. I thought it was amazing we only had 12 team fouls, never put MSU in the bonus. There was no need for fouls, the base defense did their job. Defense wins championships.

Tom8395Jan. 1, 13 3:16 AM

We are all happy they won and with the 1 point margin. However some questions: 1. What is Tubby Smith offensive system, plays, etc. 2.His frequent, group substitutions don't seem to work. If this is a good system who else uses it? 3. Their inbound plays are a very bad joke: come out in the same patterns, do the same thing, etc. 4. What are Tubby's son's qualifications and what does he actually do? 5. You would see Tom Izzo frequently taking aside one of his players for coaching while still playing. Didn't see Tubby do that at all.

cjsmebyJan. 1, 13 3:58 AM

TOM did you notice tom izzo's team lost the game, tubby smiths team won the game. The only question is , have you looked for a division 1 coaching job yet, SHEESH!

sane09Jan. 1, 13 9:50 AM

"His frequent, group substitutions don't seem to work"...What evidence do you have that his substitutions, with this season's roster, don't work?...The only way to a evaluate the substitution process is by wins and losses. (only loss to #1 Duke)...All substitution processes balance 1) playing without best players against: 2)resting best players....If you lose (part of) your lead when substituting, but you WIN THE GAME because your best players come back rested and reinvigorated, the plan WORKED in the BIG PICTURE, despte any TEMPORARY negatives....And THE BIG PICTURE is the ONLY PICTURE that is significant!!

minneg56Jan. 1, 1310:10 AM

Gopher Sports: Women's Hockey - undefeated #1; Men's Hockey #1; Women's Basketball- 11-3; Gopher Men's Basketball- 1 loss & top 10 ranking as of this morning; Gopher Football- a bowl game (albeit a minor one) with 2 years of rebuilding after 50 years of neglect. So tell me - wha's wrong with Gopher Althletics? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!GO GOPHERS!

notsidJan. 1, 1310:30 AM

The Scogsgter is right in his observations. All long-time Gopher fans and especially, those that have hung around during ghe Tubster years have come to expect that the lads will often choke and panic when trying to maintain a lead against good teams when a game is on the line. I certainly expected that was going to be the casze yesterday when the Gophers gave up their lead to the Spartans as I thought that they would once again find a way to lose going away. For whatever reason, the lads and the Tubster defied the well established tradition and played smart basketball and hung together for the win. It is just one game but a good start never-the-less. Unfortunatley, given the Tubster's pass adherence to this well established tradition, most long-time fans will be very cautious about allowing themselveds to get too excited about the 2012-13 Gophers until they are at least half-way through the schedule and still beign successful.

sane09Jan. 1, 1310:37 AM

"group substitutions don't seem to work. If this is a good system who else uses it?"...Many NBA teams, especially the LA Clippers with the following players in the second wave: Jamaal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes and Rony Turiaf....(with Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill returning soon)....You use that system when you have (at least) ten good players and your "second wave" plays together nearly as well as your first.


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